The Ashes battle is one of international sports most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882.
The series is named after a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper The Sporting Times in 1882 after a match at The Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time.
Exploiting contemporary debate about whether to legalise cremation the obituary stated that English cricket had died and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. England captain The Hon Ivo Bligh promised that on the tour to Australia in 1882–83 he would regain "the ashes" and the term began to be established. During that tour a small terracotta urn was presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women.
This clip documents some of the early years of Ashes history.
Matches Tagged in ClipDex1934 ENG v AUS 1st Test 1938 ENG v AUS 4th Test 1956 ENG v AUS 4th Test 1882 ENG v AUS Only Test
Series Tagged in ClipDex1938 Ashes ENG v AUS 1934 Ashes ENG v AUS 1956 Ashes ENG v AUS 1882 Ashes ENG v AUS
Players Tagged in ClipDexBligh, Ivo F W Laker, James C Barnes, William Lyttelton, Alfred Bonnor, George J Bannerman, Charles Gower, David I Read, John M Blackham, John M Grace, William G Hobbs, Jack B Horan, Thomas P Giffen, George Bradman, Donald G Richardson, Thomas Barlow, Richard G Lucas, Alfred P Ulyett, George Boyle, Henry F Jones, Samuel P Garrett, Thomas W Border, Allan R Studd, Charles T Hutton, Leonard Spofforth, Frederick R Steel, Allan G Murdoch, William L Peate, Edmund Massie, Hugh H Hornby, Albert N
Grounds Tagged in ClipDexTrent Bridge Old Trafford The Oval The Oval
Categories Tagged in ClipDexClassic Tests (Black & White)